AMD FirePro V3900 vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800

Price now 148$
Games supported 51%
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 550 MHz
  • Max video memory 768 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1600 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
AMD FirePro V3900
FirePro V3900
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 650 MHz
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1800 MHz
  • Maximum resolution 2560x1600
Price now 134$
Games supported 57%

General info

GPU architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters compared.

Place in performance rating1006839
Value for money0.020.08
ArchitectureTesla (2006−2010)TeraScale 2 (2009−2015)
GPU code nameG94Turks
Market segmentWorkstationWorkstation
Release date30 March 2009 (13 years old)7 February 2012 (11 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$489 no data
Current price$148 (0.3x MSRP)$134
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores64480
Core clock speed550 MHz650 MHz
Number of transistors505 million716 million
Manufacturing process technology65 nm40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)59 Watt199 Watt
Texture fill rate17.6015.60
Floating-point performance176 gflops624.0 gflops

Dimensions and compatibility

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportno dataPCIe 2.1 x16
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16PCIe 2.0 x16
Length198 mm168 mm
Form factorno datahalf height / half length
Supplementary power connectorsNoneNone


Parameters of VRAM installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Integrated GPUs have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR3GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount768 MB1 GB
Memory bus width192 Bit128 Bit
Memory clock speed1600 MHz1800 MHz
Memory bandwidth38.4 GB/s28 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors1x DVI, 2x DisplayPort1x DVI, 1x DisplayPort
DisplayPort countno data1
Dual-link DVI supportno data1
HD сomponent video outputno data1

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX11.1 (10_0)11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model4.05.0
CUDA1.1no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

FX 1800 1.02
FirePro V3900 1.66
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This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 24%

FX 1800 403
FirePro V3900 656

FirePro V3900 outperforms Quadro FX 1800 by 63% in Passmark.

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Quadro FX 1800 and FirePro V3900. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) no data 58 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 1.02 1.66
Recency 30 March 2009 7 February 2012
Memory bus width 192 128
Memory bandwidth 38.4 28
Pipelines / CUDA cores 64 480
Chip lithography 65 nm 40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 59 Watt 199 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

AMD FirePro V3900
FirePro V3900

since it shows better performance.

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Competitors of Quadro FX 1800 by AMD

The nearest Quadro FX 1800's AMD equivalent is FirePro V3900, which is faster by 63% and higher by 167 positions in our performance rating.

AMD FirePro V3900 FirePro V3900

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Quadro FX 1800:

FirePro M4150 234.31
FirePro W2100 223.53
FirePro V3900 162.75
Quadro FX 1800 100

Competitors of FirePro V3900 by NVIDIA

The nearest FirePro V3900's NVIDIA equivalent is Quadro FX 4700 X2, which is faster by 3% and higher by 13 positions in our performance rating.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 4700 X2 Quadro FX 4700 X2

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to FirePro V3900:

Tesla K40m 107.23
GRID K1 104.82
FirePro V3900 100
GRID K160Q 95.78
Quadro 500M 86.75
Quadro 600 83.13

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